Mackinaw City hotels accused of deceiving customers reach settlement

Three Mackinaw City hotels accused of tricking guests into booking rooms at closed properties have reached a settlement with the Michigan attorney general’s office.

Classic bait and switch

In February of this year, the Lieghio family, which owns several hotel properties in northern Michigan, was charged with pulling basic bait and changing gear. Customers were basically tricked into booking rooms at hotels advertised online, but upon arrival were forced to book rooms at other hotels, sometimes with fewer amenities.

Settlement reached

The state attorney general’s office reached a settlement with the Lieghio family who agreed to change their business practices and pay thousands of dollars in fines.

According to Interlochen Public Radio, the business owners deny violating Michigan’s consumer protection law, but have agreed to pay the state a $5,000 fine and donate $35,000 to promote the tourism through Pure Michigan.

The agreement with the AG office also stipulates that business owners will be transparent about their ownership of the Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism website. In the past, the website – which was primarily an advertising vehicle for hotels – could be misleading, carrying the words “Official Seal” in the logo. The owners agreed to replace this text with the words “100% locally owned”.

Guests who booked rooms between 2017 and 2022 and were redirected to other hotels will also be eligible for a refund. The Attorney General’s office invites customers who meet these criteria to file a formal complaint with the state.

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